Here in Southwest, Ohio, there’s nothing more enjoyable to food lovers than firing up the gas grill and creating some delicious meals, whether steaks, burgers, bratwursts or healthy home-grown vegetables.
Keeping that gas grill in good shape is, therefore, paramount to happy outdoor barbecues and family gatherings.
And here’s something all us grill-masters know: Outdoor gas grills don’t clean or take care of themselves. It takes determination on your part to keep them working for you, meal after meal after meal.
Here are a few easy steps to keeping your gas grill in good shape.
Step 1: After cooking your favorite treat on the grill (and after removing all the food to a platter, of course) leave the grill turned on. In fact, turn it up a bit, and let all the bits of meat and drippings burn to a crisp so that after everything cools you can scrape them off the grill grate. If you don’t do this, the next time you fire up the grill means you will be dealing with the remnants of the previous meal. That’s not a tasty thought!
Step 2: Look underneath… no matter the quality of your grill, if you have a storage area for pans, spatulas and the propane tank, food drippings and debris can quickly create a problem. Clean out that storage area on a regular basis, keeping everything neat and ready for the next meal.
Step 3: Don’t ignore the exterior of the grill. Washing the outside of the grill with warm, soapy water keeps grime from building up.
Step 4: When not in use, keep everything covered up. Some feel that with warmer weather, they can leave the grill exposed to the elements. Hey, it’s meant to be outside, right? Yet keeping the grill under a quality grill cover can add years of life to your trusty outdoor cooking partner.
And be sure to keep that grill away from any structural part of your home during its use. Catching your house on fire is sure to dampen anyone’s BBQ spirit.